Dafne Keen

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Dafne Keen
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Dafne Keen at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.
Dafne María Keen Fernández[1]

(2005-01-04) 4 January 2005 (age 15)[2]
Madrid, Spain
  • Spanish
  • British
Years active2014–present

Dafne María Keen Fernández (born 4 January 2005)[3] is a British-Spanish actress.[4] She played the role of Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver in the television series The Refugees, and the mutant Laura Kinney / X-23 in the 2017 film Logan. As of 2019 she plays Lyra Belacqua/Silvertongue in the BBC/HBO television series His Dark Materials.

Life and career[edit]

Keen at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival

Keen was born in Madrid.[5] She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen, and Galician actress,[6][7] theatre director and writer María Fernández Ache.[8] A paternal great-grandfather was Edward Curzon, 6th Earl Howe;[9][10] her aunts are poet Alice Oswald and writer Laura Beatty.[11][12]

Keen made her acting debut in 2014 alongside her father in the television series The Refugees, where she played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver.[13]

Keen starred in the 2017 film Logan as Laura, the child clone of Wolverine.[14] From 2019 she plays Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, in the television adaptation.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Logan Laura
2019 Ana Ana


Year Title Role Notes
2014–2015 The Refugees Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver Recurring role, 7 episodes
2019 His Dark Materials Lyra Belacqua / Silvertongue Main role, 8 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Logan MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Duo (with Hugh Jackman) Won [15]
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Nominated [16]
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Artist of the Year Nominated [17]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Youth Performance Nominated [18]
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Nominated [19]
2018 Houston Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated [20]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Performer Nominated [21]
London Film Critics Circle Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Nominated [22]
Empire Awards Best Female Newcomer Won [23]
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated [24]


  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 148th edition, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, 2011, p. 799
  2. ^ "Dafne Keen on Instagram: "Had the best 14th birthday ever on the 4th!!!! 🖤 I couldn't post until now but it was AMAZING"". Instagram. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 148th edition, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, 2011, p. 799
  4. ^ a b "His Dark Materials: Behind the scenes of the TV adaptation". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  5. ^ "DAFNE KEEN, LAS NUEVAS GARRAS DE LOBEZNO". Fotogramas (in Spanish). 24 April 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  6. ^ "La hija de Lobezno es gallega". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 11 May 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  7. ^ "La actriz verinense Dafne Keen protagoniza la serie más cara de la historia de la BBC británica". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 28 September 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Logan's Dafne Keen: cutting her teeth – and claws – on the big screen as X-23". The Guardian. 16 February 2017. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017.
  9. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th edition, vol. 2, Burke's Peerage, Ltd, 2003, p. 1987
  10. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 148th edition, Debrett's Peerage Ltd, 2011, p. 799
  11. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3588888/Going-with-the-flow.html
  12. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardens-to-visit/the-world-of-mary-keen
  13. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (20 October 2016). "Dafne Keen as X-23: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  14. ^ "'Logan' Image Teases Dafne Keen as Mutant X-23". Entertainment Weekly. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  15. ^ Bell, Crystal (6 April 2017). "Here Are Your 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations: See The Full List". MTV. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  16. ^ Childress, Erik (10 December 2017). ""Call Me By Your Name" and "The Shape of Water" lead 2017 Chicago Film Critics Association Nominees". Chicago Film Critics Association. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  17. ^ The Irish Independent Editors (14 December 2017). "The critics have spoken – Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards announced for 2017". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  18. ^ Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Editors (6 December 2017). "The 2017 WAFCA Awards". Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  19. ^ Seattle Film Critics Society Editors (11 December 2017). "'Blade Runner 2049' Leads the 2017 Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations". Seattle Film Critics Society. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  20. ^ Stone, Sasha (12 December 2017). "Houston Film Critics Release Nominations". Awards Daily. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  21. ^ Hammond, Pete (6 December 2017). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'The Shape Of Water' Leads With 14; Netflix Tops TV Contenders". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  22. ^ Lodge, Guy (19 December 2017). "'Three Billboards,' 'Phantom Thread' Lead London Critics' Circle Nominations". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  23. ^ Travis, Ben (18 January 2018). "Star Wars The Last Jedi and Thor Ragnarok Lead Empire Awards 2018 Nominations". Empire.
  24. ^ McNary, Dave (15 March 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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